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Now champagne is cheaper than mouthwash, how to find the best bubbly bargains

fizzy mouthwashJust off the return flight from Miami and I find I’ve landed into the middle of a champagne war. The supermarkets are vying with each other so hard that Tesco’s Louis Delaunay champagne is now on for £9 a bottle if you buy six. At that price, the Daily Mail has noticed, it’s £1.20 per 100 ml which is less than it costs for the equivalent in Listerine.

What a way to economise – although it might not work so well on the school run: Yes, officer, you need to investigate Mrs Overload in that massive Range Rover, she always causes the jam. Me? No no, that’s my mouthwash you can smell …

I didn’t try the Corsodyl out of a glass as pictured in the photo, although the other way round is probably a goer – champagne being a solution for most problems, so I expect it works for sore gums or throats too. But with bubbles at this price, it has to be an investment opportunity. Especially as the grapes used for Louis Delaunay are from the same vineyards which supply Bollinger, Moet and Roederer. Kerching!

Christmas is the major quaffing season for the Minted household and extended family, so I try to stockpile through the year. Champagne keeps for many months, I find, in a locked cabinet. I do rely on my sister, who keeps a watchful eye on such matters, to sound the fizzy siren when there is a particularly juicy offer. Through the fog of a nine-hour flight, I still managed to pick up the alert – another Tesco deal, this time on my favourite Lansons.

My poor credit card is equally jet-lagged after our trip to Florida. Even it lazily opened an eye at the thought of those lovely matte black bottles at just £17.25 each (previously £30) if you buy six. Reader, I pushed that button. And I even managed to use my £2.50 Tesco points voucher that’s been sitting on my desk for the past six months. Delivery charge sorted!

Both the Lansons and the Delaunay offers last online until 24 April so you’ll need to get your skates on if you want to click now for Christmas. There may well be other deals too over the summer – follow websites like www.champagneguru.co.uk (currently closed for a refurb but hopefully back soon) and www.winesdirect.co.uk. Money Saving Expert usually lists the rock-bottom bargains while www.hotukdeals.com is also a good source. Now I just have to figure out how to pay for it all. Cheers!

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Monday, 17 December 2018